The College World Series is the culmination of the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship Tournament and is held each year in Omaha, Nebraska. Eight teams participate in the College World Series in a double-elimination format. There is a specific NCAA process to determine the home team at the College World Series.
For the initial regional rounds of the tournament, the higher seeded team is always the home team. Once the initial regional round is completed, the NCAA uses the following three step process:
Step 1) The team has been the home team fewer times during the tournament becomes the home team.
Step 2) If both teams were the home team the same number of times, count the number of times each team was the visiting team during the tournament. The team that was the visiting team more often during the tournament becomes the home team.
Step 3) If both teams were the home team and visiting team the same number of times and the teams met previously during the tournament, the visitor in the immediately preceding game between the two teams becomes the home team.
Step 4) If both teams were the home team and visiting team the same number of times and the teams did not previously meet during the tournament, the team that was the visitor in its most recent, preceding game becomes the home team.
Step 5) If both teams were the home team and visiting team the same number of times, the teams did not previously meet during the tournament, and both teams were the visitor (or home team) in their most recent, preceding game, then the home team is decided by a coin flip.
The full NCAA championship rulebook including the detailed terminology on determination of the home team for the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship and the College World Series can be found at the NCAA website .
The full route to the College World Series consists of receiving a bid to the tournament through either an automatic bid or an at-large bid. A team can receive a bid to NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship Tournament. by winning the conference tournament held after the conclusion of the conference regular season. This creates a situation where even a zero win, last-seeded team in the conference tournament is still theoretical eligible to win a national championship in baseball. The bids for the automatic conference qualifiers are decided first. Following the conclusion of the conference tournaments, a NCAA selection committee meets to decide on the remaining bids.
Multiple criteria are used to decide on the at-large bids to the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship Tournament.. Although there is no specific formula, the committee considers win-loss record, strength of schedule, poll rankings, and computer formulas (such as the RPI) to whittle down the field.
Once the 64 team field is set, the committee seeds the teams and declares the top 16 teams to be the hosts of the tournament regionals. The winner of a regional tournament meets another regional winner in a 2-out-of-3 series and the winner of that “super regional” moves on to the College World Series.
The College World Series itself consists of 8 teams participating in a double-elimination tournament. The winner of the tournament is the last team remaining after all other teams have incurred two losses.